How Hiking Helps My Riding

Bryce Canyon, UT

Bryce Canyon, UT

I became a true lover of mountain hiking in 2010. Since then I have hiked through the Shenandoah Valley, the Blue Ridge Mountains, the state parks of Utah, the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, the Black Mountains in North Carolina and along the Appalachian Trail in New York and Pennsylvania. There is something so transforming about being in very high places and gazing out on God’s untouched creation. I truly could stand at the summit forever. Perhaps like touching heaven, if  just for a moment. It is here I often gain a new perspective on what has been challenging me. Problems appear smaller and my anxiousness around them dissipates and the Lord’s infinite resources enlarge before me. Are you having a training issue that won’t budge? Go to a high place and give yourself the gift of a new perspective. Seek the One who created your horse and knows them best. A new path forward will emerge. Perhaps a new idea will drop into your thinking, you will cross paths with someone who has overcome your particular challenge, a resource you never imagined comes forth or you may have a dream that informs you. The Lord speaks to us in many quiet ways, but we must first seek Him. Be assured He cares deeply for you, your horse and your work together. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened” Matthew 7:7-12.

Need some inspiration?  Two of my favorite day hikes in the MidAtlantic area include Hawk Mountain and the Pulpit Rock-Pinnacle Loop.  Enjoy!

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